The Beaconsfield suburb of Montreal’s decision to ban the use of leaf blowers during summer months has left some residents unhappy. Protestors waved signs outside city hall in advance of a city council meeting prior to the vote, according to a CBC report.
The city’s mayor, Georges Bourelle, also received jeers and yelling at the meeting in which the city council voted to approve the measure. The ban on the use of leaf blowers was approved in a 5-to-1 vote July 9 and will take effect in 2019. The ban is effective from June 1 to Sept. 30.
Some residents say their voices were not heard on the matter, including one lawn care business owner who says the ban would prevent him from doing a good job removing grass cuttings after mowing. Other residents favor the ban because of the pollution and noise the blowers create.